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This is a blog that celebrates the delicious abundance of the Waikato region.
Eat your Greens
I’ve always loved green salads. My definition of an abundant life includes a garden with an apple tree, a lemon tree – and salad greens and herbs. My absolute essential greens are flat-leaf parsley, curly endive and land cress.
I have a broad, inclusive view of food activism. In my definition, food activism is about making empowered choices around food, in the widest sense.
Food activism isn’t one single thing. It can be about campaigning for animal welfare, or supporting businesses in the local food economy. Or growing some of your own food.
I have a broad, inclusive view of food activism. In my definition, food activism is about making empowered choices around food, in the widest sense. Food connects us to wellbeing on all levels: social, personal, physical, environmental, cultural, spiritual. Empowered...
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Writing about eating
When I was a kid in Papua New Guinea, I yearned for peaches.
In the tropics, fresh peaches were magical and unattainable.
This year my dreams have come true. My Hamilton backyard peach tree has been having a crazy, bumper crop.
The loquat tree on our driveway has been laden with fruit this year.
I’ve been loving the golden egg-shaped fruit. Loquats have a sour-sweet, aromatic and slightly astringent flavour that I especially enjoy.
Loquats are distantly related to quinces and apples. They’re easy to grow in the Waikato.
This winter I’ve been dreaming of elderflower champagne. It’s fun, and fizzy, and it reminds me of summer. It’s one of my favourite things.
Elderflowers and elderberries are great for making interesting and delicious beverages that sit at the intersection between drinks and European herbalism.